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The Story of the Stone is a radio play by Katie Hims, based on the Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin. It was first broadcast on the BBC World Service on 13 October 2005[1].


Bao-Yu, born with a piece of jade in his mouth, grows up in a luxurious mansion with his extended family dominated by his grandmother Jia.

When Dai-Yu and Bao-Ch'ai, two beautiful cousins, come to stay, Bao-Yu falls in love with the passionate and emotional Dai-Yu. His grandmother tricks him into marrying the socially adept Bao-Ch'ai, however, and Dai-Yu dies of a broken heart. Bao-Yu then leaves behind his luxurious and privileged life to become a Buddhist monk.


  • Narrator - Siân Phillips
  • Bao-Yu - Paul Courtenay Hyu
  • Dai-Yu - Wendy Kweh
  • Grandmother Jia - Pik-Sen Lim
  • Jia Zheng - David Yip
  • Bao-Ch'ai - Liz Sutherland
  • Aroma - Sarah Lam
  • The Monk - Jason Chan
  • Nightingale - Jennifer Lim
  • The Fairy of Disenchantment - Choy-Ling Man
  • Original music by Nicolai Abrahamson
  • Produced by Anne Edyvean
  • Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

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